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Question by ethan_3. Uploaded on November 19, 2011
I'll take the .243 for the additional bullet weight and resistance to wind drift.
either will do fine
I would go with the 243 also 99explorer said it weight and wind resistance and it has more power its worth the ammo price...LP
I shoot a .243, but it doubles as my deer rifle as well. I like how you can use 100 gr bullet for deer and drop down to 58 for varmints. .243 might be a little more expensive to shoot but its versitile and does the job
Of these two, in a bolt action, I would recommend the .243 (although I prefer 25-06 for coyotes) for more range and more speed to reduce lead. I love the amazingly accurate 58g V-Max at 3700 fps for most coyote hunting. But you can shoot a 75g V-Max at 3400 fps for deadly accuracy out to 500 yards or so on a coyote.
In a highly accurate varmint barreled AR15, the .223 is pretty hard to beat for coyote erradication. If there are multiple coyotes responding to a call or you have one running, you get solid follow up shots off unbelievably fast since it has hardly any recoil. You can shoot several well aimed shots with a .223 for each .243 shot from a bolt action and nail them while they are still in range. I shoot a 50g V-Max at 3450 fps and they are deadly out to 300 yards. You can still shoot up to a 75g bullet out of most .223 9 twists if you need range.
I shoot a 25-06 and a .223 Bushmaster Varminter for coyotes and as much as I love the 25-06, if body count is what I am after, the .223 wins by a landslide.
Agreed with Dakota.
But I would also like to throw the .22-250 into the mix as well. I own an AR15 in .223, a singe shot .243 Winchester, and a Weatherby Vanguard in a .22-250 Remington. I use the .243 for coyotes and groundhogs, and do the same with the .22-250.
I tend to use the .22-250 for most occasions, but the .243 is hard to beat for long range shots when the wind likes to buck a 43 grain .224 caliber bullet all over the place.
I must agree with comments about the 243 from those above although I use a 223. Just about all dogs I have called in have been close enough to use a shot gun so the 223 was more than adequate enough for those shots. My farthest kill was a little over 400 paces with the 223 but missed a shot way out there on a dog that had already been trained not to come in to a call. I guessed the shot at 800 yds and held 3 ft to the left to make up for wind and I have no idea where the bullet hit. At that time I wished I had a 243 or the 25-06 to buck the wind better and have less bullet drop.
im lookin at a savage i can get in either .223 .243 or 22-250, im leaning towards the .243 since they are al bolt action and if i ever want to use it on deer i have it
The .243 is a good all around gun for medium sized game & varmints, and can even be used for deer. The 22-250 would be my choice for coyotes and anything smaller.
Just a thought regarding range... I realize most of us don't do a lot of practice at 400 or 500 yards. However if you do, you will discover that you learn the windage and holdover for your specific cartridge regardless of bullet weight and speed. Faster, flatter shooting bullets give us better range and lower risk but we can make them all accurate by knowing the holdover and windage for each.
Until the wind gets over 20mph, my 50g .223 shoots tighter (beautiful) groups at 500 yards than my 25-06. For varmints, mil-dot scopes have dots for 300, 400, 500 yards, etc. so I don't really care how far the bullet drops as long as it hits the coyote between the eyes when it lands. You DO have to know the windage though if you are shooting that far with either of these cartridges.
25-06 is when the wind is up!
.223 save the fur
both, whatever kills them is alright by me, plus I reload both so makes it hard to decide what to use.
In my state it is not legal to hunt big game (deer, etc.) with .223 but .243 is OK. So, because I don't like single purpose firearms I use a .243 if deliberately going out to shoot coyotes. Actually, I more often just shoot them with whatever I am carrying when I encounter them.
.223 for me, cuz for varmit season in my parts the law requires a rifle of less than .23 caliber
I would say 22-250 over either of the other two.
22-250...but of the two you really cant go wrong, id probably shoot the .243 though.
The .243 destroys pelts.
I wold not skin a mangy flea bag coyote for what a pelt brings, so I tend to shoot them with whatever is in hand.
110 grain hollow point, 300 Win Mag
There are purposes that are higher than selfish desires.
Large numbers of pelts provide thousands of dollars each year to provide camp supplies, archery equipment and other costs so terminally ill children can attend Rainbow Camp in Arizona.
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